Hill climbing

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Tin Pot, 26 Oct 2017.

  1. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

  2. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

    I've done a couple of pretty sharp climbs near where I used to live in The Peak. I was doing a lot of commuting at the time and it wasn't difficult; don't think I could do it now though.
  3. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    We have a couple of guys in the club who have done hill climbs on a fixie. and they have done really well on them. Just a case of getting it geared right.
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  4. OP
    Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    That’s how it was done in the old days, pick your gear before the race and just hammer it :smile:
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  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    or you could use a double fixed hub and have 2 different size cogs on each side and carry a chain splitter and swap over when it gets hilly , but that seems a lot of faffing around to me
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  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    No need to split the chain, just move the position of the wheel in the horizontal dropouts.
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  7. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    as long as enough leeway
  8. XC26

    XC26 Senior Member

    I use my 48T x 17T single speed on some fairly nasty hills. It’s OK if the hill is not too long - steep but short is fine so long as you don’t stop because you may not be able start again while still on the gradient. A steepish longer hill usually has me walking, not just because of the inability to push the pedals down anymore but also because of the strain on my hands and arms heaving upwards on the bars in order to get more weight onto the pedals.

    I solved this on my other single speed by fitting a 2 speed kick shift hub and using a 44x18T combo. This setup offers me the best of both worlds, I can climb most hills and make good speed on the flats. For the extra weight, it’s worth it and it can easily be swapped in/out for a single speed wheel as the 2 speed kick shift hub requires no gear levers or cables.
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